Furthermore, quick rolls are also a key move to master, as it’s the best way to either elude swarms of enemies or dodge powerful boss attacks.
Naturally, you can upgrade the heck out of your character – you’ll find new weapons and armor and be able to unlock special abilities, up to two of which can be equipped at a time. The one I got during my playtime was Hydraulic Slam, a powerful melee blast that helped me roast the four mini-bosses I battled during one mission’s climactic fight.My standout nitpick of The Ascent so far is that it’s a bit slow to get going. The first hour or so of the campaign is spent running through the levels, gorgeous as they may be, doing the cyberpunk-RPG equivalent of killing rats. But I forgot about that ho-hum start afterwards, as I was blasting hordes of bad guys, going toe-to-toe with tough bosses, wandering around densely populated city hub areas where I could visit shopkeepers, take side missions, and more. This is a very intriguing game and I’m eager to play more when it hits PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One on July 29 – and it’s on Xbox Game Pass on day one, no less.